The Lord Browne of Madingley reappointed as Chairman of The Courtauld for an additional four-year term

Press release, 5 May 2021

The Governing Board of The Courtauld Institute of Art announced today that the Lord Browne of Madingley has been reappointed as its Chairman for an additional four-year term, until August 2025.

Lord Browne is a passionate supporter of the arts and has held senior positions in a number of major cultural organisations, as well as holding the role of Chairman of the Governing Board of The Courtauld since 2017. He was Chairman of the Trustees of Tate (2007-2017), a Trustee of the British Museum (1995-2005), and Chairman of the Board of the Donmar Warehouse (2015-2020). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, Fellow and Past President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Lord Browne is Chairman of the Francis Crick Institute, Chairman of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, and Chairman of the International Advisory Board of the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford – in addition to his recent appointment as independent Co-Chair of the government’s Council for Science and Technology.

Lord Browne is currently Senior Advisor to General Atlantic on climate and Net Zero. He was Group Chief Executive of BP between 1995 and 2007, and is a former Partner at Riverstone, where he was co-head of the world’s largest renewable energy private equity fund. He has held non-executive directorships at SmithKline Beecham plc, DaimlerChrysler AG, Intel Inc. and Goldman Sachs Inc. In 1998, he was knighted for services to industry and was made a life peer in 2001. He is the author of five books.

Lord Browne said: “The Courtauld embodies two of my greatest passions: the arts and education. It has faced significant challenges in recent years, but the Courtauld team is managing a successful and important set of transformational moves. I am delighted to be able to work with them and the rest of the Governing Board for another term.”

Märit Rausing Director of The Courtauld, Professor Deborah Swallow, added: “I would like to thank Lord Browne very warmly for his work to date and am delighted that he will be continuing as Chairman of the Governing Board for a further four-year term.  His commitment to The Courtauld as its Chairman has been a huge support for us, as has his expertise in the arts and education arenas. As The Courtauld continues its transformation and heads towards its centenary, we will continue to benefit greatly from his enthusiasm, support and guidance.”

A black and white portrait of Lord Browne of Madingley, Chairman of The Courtauld